The Unquestioned Answer (An Hommage to Charles Ives)

Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
8 minutes
Modern classical music
String orchestra
Instrumental parts
Not available

This is, after my two earlier symphonic fantasies (Allison’s Room and Epic Music), something whole different: it is my answer to The Unanswered Question of Charles Ives, and my piece is scored for the same instrumentation and meant to be performed after Ives’ masterpiece. Over a slow-moving 11-bars diatonic string episode, that is repeated 7 times (each time a semi-tone higher), the woodwinds quote 7 times the question (gradually fading away), each time followed by the trumpet’s answer (gradually expanding his statement). The roles of woodwinds and trumpet are reversed in comparison with The Unanswered Question, and the trumpet’s imperturbable statement confuses the woodwinds, who in the end mock among themselves and only give a weak reminiscence of the question. Please don’t listen through MIDI but enjoy the MP3 made with Kontakt Player Gold, and feel free to review.

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